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World No Tobacco Day- Tuesday 31 May 2016

News » World No Tobacco Day- Tuesday 31 May 2016

World No Tobacco Day- Tuesday 31 May 2016

Posted 30 May 2016 in General
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Each year on the 31st May the World Health Organisation promotes World No Tobacco Day (WNTD). This day provides people with a an opportunity to consider making a quit attempt, even if it begins with going smoke-free for just one day. As we know, each quit attempt a person makes brings them closer to that final goal of being quit for good!

As part of WNTD Cancer Council ACT, in collaboration with Quit Victoria, launches it annual Critics’ Choice Program. In its 17th year, the program asks students to critique 12 anti-smoking advertisements from around the world and invites them to vote on which is the most effective in stubbing out smoking in young people.

The Critics’ Choice was specifically developed to increase young people’s awareness of the issues and dangers surrounding tobacco use and nicotine addiction. Most adults who smoke first tried cigarettes when they were teenagers. This is why preventing uptake during adolescence is critical to ending the harm caused by cigarettes.

The Critics’ Choice program targets upper-primary (grades 5 and 6) and lower secondary (grades 7-9) and Cancer Council ACT invites all relevant schools in the ACT to participate in this engaging program. As an added incentive one school will win a $250 Rebel Sport voucher and one lucky individual will win a Fitbit Charge HR™ by voting for the ad students think is most effective.

More information and the free teacher's resource is available here.

Contact: Bernadette Urack, Tobacco Action Officer: 6257 9999 or bernadette.urack@actcancer.org

For help to quit smoking, contact Quitline on 13 78 48.